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Anonymous Rocks at Redbones

Anonymous III took place at Redbones the Blues Cafe

For the rock enthusiast, living in the land of reggae means learning to live without live music stimulation, at least for long stretches. The  Anonymous concert series is built to fill that void and last Friday, the third concert in the series took place at Redbones the Blues Cafe, Kingston, providing succor for those longing for some rock riffs.

The night of rock opened with the band Random Chaos which delivered a rock set with a bluesy hint. It was an enjoyable set but not overly stimulating. Indeed, the outfit of the lead singer and core of the group, Dominique Brown was hotter than the music. 

Lead singer of Random Chaos and producer of Anonymous - Dominique BrownThe best part of Random Chaos’ set came with a cover of George Michael’s 1980s pop ballad ‘Careless Whisper’. With the exception of a few missed high notes, but then notes are often moving targets I rock, it was a solid cover which brought something new to the original.

It seemed a night that was good for covers as the rockers blended iconic rock and alternative songs, reggae covers and a few of their own works. For Random Chaos their set also included the 'I killed my boyfriend' (one of their original pieces) as well as 'Stepping Razor'. Downstairs

The rock decibels were turned up several notches with the arrival of Downstairs. The band remains one of the few rock bands still standing after the late 1990s  early 2000 surge. And while front man Brian Jones promised to restrain his cursing, and he did, but he unleashed everything else as the band delivered a head banging worthy set including ‘Ride Di Train’ from their debut album, Reggae Metal, as well as a rockingly good cover of Dennis Brown’s ‘Should I’.

When they were done their fans demanded more  for more and to appease them received another ten minutes of music including Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’.

The night ended with a strong performance from reggae alternative band Robot Taxi.

Even in a post Hootie (and the Blowfish) era, the band’s lead singer Fabian Pinkney looks nothing like anyone’s idea of a rocker.  But within that Clark Kent exterior there is a voice truly suited to the band’s blend of reggae and alternative rock.
Alternative Reggae band Robot Taxi closed the night
The band opened with Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ and presented a steady roster of enjoyable music including their own ‘Wooden Doll’, Dennis Brown’s How Could I Leave’ and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ ‘Under the Bridge.

Show producer, and front woman of Random Chaos Dominique Brown, explained that the show has the name. “They’re really great bands, but nobody knows who the hell they are,” she said.

The concert was held at Redbones the Blues Cafe on Friday, October 18, 2013.